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AIRBORNE EXPRESS INTRODUCES OVERNIGHT DELIVERY FOR EXECUTIVES ON THE MOVE

 AIRBORNE EXPRESS INTRODUCES OVERNIGHT DELIVERY
 FOR EXECUTIVES ON THE MOVE
 SEATTLE, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Traveling executives who ship important documents for overnight delivery no longer need to worry about memorizing account numbers or addressing airbills, Airborne Express (NYSE: ABF) said today.
 Charting new territory in air express services, Airborne Express will introduce Flight Ready Letter Express(SM), a pre-purchased shipping envelope that simplifies overnight delivery.
 "With Flight Ready Letter, you just address it, seal it and send it. There is no airbill to worry about, no account number to remember and no invoice to reconcile," said Kent Freudenberger, Airborne's executive vice president, marketing division. "This is the sort of simplicity and service that businesspeople need while on the road."
 Scheduled for national launch on Feb. 3, Flight Ready Letter offers all the benefits of premium air express service, but does not require shippers to fill out airbills and process invoices. The sender simply fills in the receiver's address information on the envelope and either deposits it in an Airborne Express Drop Box or calls to arrange a free pick-up.
 Each package is tracked by Airborne's advanced shipment tracking system, allowing customers to get instant updates on the status of their shipments.
 Flight Ready Letter provides customers shipping within the 48 contiguous states with numerous advantages:
 - Convenience of paying for large quantities of air express service in advance with one check;
 - Control of air express costs by designating the number of Flight Ready envelopes allotted within a department or company;
 - Reduction of internal administrative costs; and
 - Security of not having to give out company account numbers for incoming or return shipments.
 In many companies, costs to process invoices can run as high as $5 to $10 per invoice. These costs are typically associated with the time and effort required to enter data, create payment forms, cut checks, microfilm and store documents, reconcile checks and process mail.
 "With Flight Ready Letter, there is a single invoice for the entire order, whether it's for 10 Flight Ready envelopes or 10,000," added Freudenberger.
 The Flight Ready Letter Express envelope was successfully test marketed in Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis; Richmond, Va.; and Salt Lake City during the last quarter of 1991.
 Flight Ready Letter is the newest addition to Airborne's wide range of services and products. Designed for domestic use only, Flight Ready Letter can be used for shipping letters and documents for morning delivery the next business day.
 As with all of the packages Airborne Express handles, Flight Ready Express Letter comes with a money back guarantee if shipments are not delivered on time.
 Airborne Express is the nation's fastest-growing air express company, serving corporate America with the delivery of time-sensitive letters, documents, small packages and freight throughout the United States with its wide range of products that include next- morning, next-afternoon, second-day and same-day delivery services. Entering its fifth decade of international service, Airborne delivers to 195 countries worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Melissa May of Airborne Express, 206-281-1044; or Daniel Pitlik of Fleishman Hillard, 213-629-4974, for Airborne Express/
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